Next Stated meeting Monday, July 18th, 2016, 7:00 PM @ South Pasadena Lodge # 290, 1126 Fair Oaks Ave. South Pasadena, CA 91030.
1. WHAT IS THE RESEARCH LODGE?
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RESEARCH LODGE, F. & A. M. was instituted by the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of California " . . to conduct research, hold discussions, gather and preserve Masonic information, maintain a library, supply papers or speakers at the request of lodges, and conduct a program of general service to the Craft in the field of Masonic Education and Information." (CMC Section 814) SCRL's goal and mission is to be "IN THE FOREFRONT, SPREADING LIGHT."
Research Lodges do not confer degrees; are not liable for the relief of a member, his wife, widow, etc.; and are not entitled to representation at or any vote in Grand Lodge.
2. HOW MANY MEMBERS/SUBSCRIBERS ARE THERE IN SCRL?
Approximately 2000 and growing -- located and living around the globe.
3. WHO MAY BECOME A MEMBER?
Membership in the Research Lodge is open to any Master Mason in good standing who is a member of a Lodge in the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of California or a Master Mason who is a member of a Lodge in any other Grand Jurisdiction recognized by the Grand Lodge of California and which allows dual membership. Members may hold an office and vote.
4. WHO MAY BECOME A SUBSCRIBER?
Grand Lodges recognized by the Grand Lodge of California, their Lodges and Masonic Organizations, composed exclusively of Master Masons under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of California or any other Grand Lodge recognized by the Grand Lodge of California, may become “Subscribing Members,” entitled only to receive bulletins and publications.
5. DO I LIVE TOO FAR AWAY TO RECEIVE THE BENEFITS OF SCRL?
No, many of our members are from different states and countries and each receive the benefits of SCRL research and knowledge through the Research Lodge monthly mailings.
6. WHEN ARE THE MEETINGS HELD?
Stated meetings of the Research Lodge are held quarterly in January, April, July and October on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:00PM. Special meetings may be held anywhere in California. Additional meetings, programs, seminars and education forums are held throughout the year. All meetings and programs are open to any Master Mason and many of our programs are developed for presentation at open meetings as well.
6. WHAT DOES A RESEARCH LODGE DO?
Service is the watchword of the Research Lodge - Our members are offered the opportunity for further service and personal development through individual research, participation on our speaker panel and preparation of papers for publication. We service the Craft by providing speakers, panels and seminars to Lodges and other qualified organizations at their request.
7. WHEN WILL I BECOME A MEMBER?
Your petition is read at our next stated meeting after its receipt and can be voted on at the same stated meeting, so it could take
up to three months for the process.
8. WHAT PUBLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE?
Publications of the Research Lodge include our regular bulletin, a CDROM of our papers, other special papers and
announcements. In addition, printed books on Freemasonry are available, often at discounted prices.
9. WHEN WILL I START RECEIVING THE SCRL MONTHLY MAILINGS?
As soon as you have been elected.
10. WHAT DOES IT COST TO AFFILIATE?
The Research Lodge assesses NO affiliation fee.
11. WHAT ARE THE DUES?
Only $25.00 per annum ($35.00 for a hard copies of Fraternal Review via postal mail). Life membership $420.00.
In the Forefront, Spreading Light
These pages are dedicated to the Freemasons who originally formed the Southern California Research Lodge (SCRL) F&AM
Southern California Research Lodge is the user friendly education and information Lodge (3,000 members, in every U.S. state plus 30 foreign countries) that offers services to Lodges, Masonic Education Committeemen, District and Lodge Education Officers and Master Masons. Individual Master Masons as well as Lodges and other Masonic bodies are eligible for membership. Dues are $25 U.S. with Fraternal Review by email, $35 for postal mail, with no affiliation fee.
The principal benefit of membership is the monthly mailings. Ten or twelve pages of feature articles, editorials, reviews of Masonic activities around the world, book reviews and news of importance to our members, and excellent material for Stated Meeting talks.
A prime benefit is our book department, which is available to anyone. We not only buy from domestic publishers but are a prime distributor of books from Lewis Masonic, the premier publisher in England. Nearly all books, including new Coil's Masonic Encyclopedia, are discounted, (usually 20%). The latest list can be had upon request.
Our prime project is in the field of candidate education or awareness. Members of the Research Lodge are encouraged to provide a gift membership to any newly-initiated brother in their local Lodge. This gift will come with a free copy of Allen Robert’s book, The Craft and Its Symbols, sent to our member for presentation to the candidate when he receives his degree. This book is an excellent introduction to Masonic studies, with its simple and clear explanations of our symbols and allegories. The member providing this gift pays the $25 annual fee on the candidate’s behalf and sends us the candidate’s name, email address, postal address, and lodge name and number. You can do this via postal mail and pay with a check, or send us an email request after paying for the candidate’s subscription on our website. The candidate will then be a subscriber to our Fraternal Review, delivered by email in PDF format. This can be done for any of the three degrees. One-day class candidates are not eligible for this program.
NEW! You may now donate to our education fund which helps us to pay for these books and fund other educational activities.